Monday, November 19

Linda Liau is the second woman in America and the first Asian-American woman to lead an academic department of neurosurgery, and is part of the six percent of licensed neurosurgeons in the United States who are female. (Photo illustration courtesy of UCLA Health)

UCLA Neurosurgery chair elected to National Academy of Medicine

A UCLA professor was elected to the National Academy of Medicine on Monday. Linda Liau, the chair of neurosurgery in the David Geffen School of Medicine, was elected to the academy for her achievements in studying the immunology of brain tumors and designing clinical trials of vaccines for glioblastomas, according to the National Academy of Medicine website. Read more...

Photo: Linda Liau is the second woman in America and the first Asian-American woman to lead an academic department of neurosurgery, and is part of the six percent of licensed neurosurgeons in the United States who are female. (Photo illustration courtesy of UCLA Health)

Linda Liau is the second woman in America and the first Asian-American woman to lead an academic department of neurosurgery, and is part of the six percent of licensed neurosurgeons in the United States who are female. (Photo illustration courtesy of UCLA Health)

This image of Kerckhoff Hall is filtered through the DeepDream algorithm, which UCLA researchers believe may provide insight into how the human brain processes and consolidates memories while dreaming. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Do computers dream of algorithmic sheep? Symposium takes deep dive into dreams.

UCLA researchers are integrating artificial intelligence and psychoanalysis to unearth the mechanisms and purpose of human dreaming. Researchers gathered at The Science of Dreams symposium Wednesday and Thursday to discuss the neuroscience and quantification of human dreaming. Read more...

Photo: This image of Kerckhoff Hall is filtered through the DeepDream algorithm, which UCLA researchers believe may provide insight into how the human brain processes and consolidates memories while dreaming. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

This image of Kerckhoff Hall is filtered through the DeepDream algorithm, which UCLA researchers believe may provide insight into how the human brain processes and consolidates memories while dreaming. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)


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Study finds schizophrenia may affect perception of smiles and other social cues

The brains of people with schizophrenia may respond differently to social rewards than those of neurotypical individuals, according to a recent study by UCLA researchers. Junghee Lee, the study’s first author and an assistant research psychologist at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, said the findings could eventually translate into a treatment for the difficulties schizophrenic individuals face in social interactions. Read more...

Photo: (Jae Su/Daily Bruin)

(Jae Su/Daily Bruin)

Chemistry professor Neil Garg was selected as the first professor to hold UCLA’s Kenneth N. Trueblood Endowed Chair in Chemistry and Biochemistry. (Daily Bruin file photo)

Chemistry professor named first ever Kenneth N. Trueblood Endowed Chair

A UCLA chemistry professor was selected as the first person to hold UCLA’s Kenneth N. Trueblood Endowed Chair in Chemistry and Biochemistry. Neil Garg was selected to hold the chair Friday, according to the chemistry department’s website. Read more...

Photo: Chemistry professor Neil Garg was selected as the first professor to hold UCLA’s Kenneth N. Trueblood Endowed Chair in Chemistry and Biochemistry. (Daily Bruin file photo)

Chemistry professor Neil Garg was selected as the first professor to hold UCLA’s Kenneth N. Trueblood Endowed Chair in Chemistry and Biochemistry. (Daily Bruin file photo)

The researchers studied the mechanisms behind fragile X syndrome, one of the most common genetic causes of autism. They identified and treated a neuron deficit, enabling mice with fragile X syndrome to learn a visual task as quickly as healthy mice. (Amy Dixon/Photo editor)

UCLA researchers test potential autism treatment on mice

UCLA researchers successfully tested a potential treatment for visual deficiencies associated with autism by manipulating malfunctioning neurons in mice. The team of researchers studied the mechanisms behind fragile X syndrome, one of the most common genetic causes of autism and identified the deficit neurons that impaired the mice’s ability to process visual information. Read more...

Photo: The researchers studied the mechanisms behind fragile X syndrome, one of the most common genetic causes of autism. They identified and treated a neuron deficit, enabling mice with fragile X syndrome to learn a visual task as quickly as healthy mice. (Amy Dixon/Photo editor)

The researchers studied the mechanisms behind fragile X syndrome, one of the most common genetic causes of autism. They identified and treated a neuron deficit, enabling mice with fragile X syndrome to learn a visual task as quickly as healthy mice. (Amy Dixon/Photo editor)

The electric field-induced release and measurement could help doctors treat cancer before surgery is necessary. The study will test the blood and saliva of 300 patients.(Amy Dixon/Photo editor)

National Cancer Institute grant awarded to UCLA researchers for diagnosis tool

UCLA researchers received $5 million to develop a new method for diagnosing lung cancer. The National Cancer Institute awarded the grant to researchers in the UCLA School of Dentistry and the David Geffen School of Medicine, a university press release announced Monday. Read more...

Photo: The electric field-induced release and measurement could help doctors treat cancer before surgery is necessary. The study will test the blood and saliva of 300 patients.(Amy Dixon/Photo editor)

The electric field-induced release and measurement could help doctors treat cancer before surgery is necessary. The study will test the blood and saliva of 300 patients.(Amy Dixon/Photo editor)


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